March 8, 2016 william

Are You POISONING Your Body With These 8 Common Foods?

Do you pay attention to what you feed yourself and/or your family? You may be surprised to learn that some very common foods are actually poisonous. How many of these do you eat?

1. Veggies Are Good For You, Right?

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Not always…lima beans contain cyanide. Make sure they are cooked thoroughly. (The U.S. also monitors these commercially grown beans.)

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2. Do You Grow Rhubarb In Your Garden?

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Stick to the stalks. Those green leaves contain a corrosive compound that is dangerous to the kidneys. You can develop vomiting, diarrhea and gastric pain.

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3. Know Your Mushrooms

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Most people know they have to be careful about mushrooms. Some contain very high levels of poison, and can even be fatal.

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4. Watch That Chili

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Kidney beans should be cooked well before adding them to a salad or other meals. They contain a toxin that can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and even death.

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5. Throw Away Those Apple Seeds

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Who doesn’t love a nice, juicy apple? The apple itself is fine. But, avoid the seeds. They can release cyanide through an enzymatic process. One or two accidently swallowed should not hurt you, but don’t snack on these seeds.

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6. Those Potatoes Contain More Than Just Carbs

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This vegetable is actually a member of the Nightshade family. They naturally contain compounds that have both antifungal and pesticidal properties. These compounds develop when they are exposed to light. So, it’s important to store them in a cool, dark place. Do not serve any that appear green.

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7. Ever Get Poison Ivy?

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Cashews contain the same compound, urushiol, that is found in the leaves of the poison ivy plant. You can find yourself getting the same reaction should you eat or even TOUCH them. Most cashews that are sold are steamed, roasted or cooked in some manner to render them safe.

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8. There’s A Reason Chilies Are Spicy

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Capsaicin is a chemical contained in each chili. The more capsaicin, the more powerful the chili. It’s so strong; it has been used in pest control repellents, pepper spray and paint strippers. In humans, it can burn your skin, irritate your gastrointestinal tract and in rare cases, cause death.

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